A local chef was recently made one of NZ Beef & Lamb’s Ambassador Chefs for 2018.
Harry Williams, Head Chef at Alpha Street Kitchen, was awarded the title on Tuesday as part of the 2018 Beef and Lamb Excellence Awards.
Alpha Street Kitchen was named as one of 170 restaurants to receive a 2018 Excellence Award, and Williams was just one of five people in the country to be made an Ambassador Chef. He joins the ranks of eight lifetime Platinum Ambassador Chefs who together will work on behalf of Beef + Lamb New Zealand to pass on their skills to the wider industry.
Alpha Street Kitchen was also awarded a gold plate after Williams’ dish was judged anonymously by culinary trained assessors who were scouting restaurants serving the best beef and lamb dishes.
“The beef dish tried by the assessors was eye fillet, wakame salad, okonomiyaki, kina butter, edamame,” the judges’ comments read. “The beef was simply superb; it was cooked perfectly to medium rare and like candy floss to eat. It had been well rested and was flavoursome. The earthy flavours of the seaweed and edamame beans matched the robustness of the kina butter. The okonomiyaki was an unexpected addition and worked very well alongside the beef. This dish showed innovation and flair and was beautifully presented. Overall an outstanding dish and very worthy of receiving and Excellence Award.”